No offseason for water safety

Sep 09, 2021

Always promoting water safety … Along the Illinois River or on the waters of Grand and Hudson lakes, GRDA Police Officers are always promoting water safety to help ensure safe outings.

Power for Progress… a weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority.

Although Labor Day 2021 is now in the rear-view mirror and the busiest part of the lake and river season is winding down, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department never stops sharing the water safety message.

In fact, our officers share this important message every season: boat (and float) safe, smart, and sober. Promoting life jacket safety, offering courses in boater safety education (free of charge), and maintaining a presence on the waters to help ensure safe outings are some of the key ways this message is shared. All of these are critical parts of a greater GRDA effort to manage 70,000 surface acres of lake waters and miles of scenic riverways.

However, safe boating only happens when visitors take the safety message to heart and GRDA is grateful for those who wear their life jackets, obey the boating rules and regulations, boat sober and use common sense on the water. While our officers will always be there to lend a helping hand and promote safety, every boater and floater can be a good example for others. In fact, something as simple as always wearing your life jacket on the water can be a great way to set an example for the younger generation. It is never too early to learn water safety and never too late to embrace year-round safety habits. So, if you are like many water enthusiasts that tend to think that autumn is a spectacular time to be on the lake or the river, please make sure you continue to always boat and float smart, safe and sober.

Your friends at GRDA want you to stay safe on the water, no matter when you visit.

GRDA is Oklahoma’s largest public power electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees, and efficiency.